“The sensational brutal murders of five prostitutes in London's East End in the autumn of 1888 by an unknown killer who came to be called ”Jack the Ripper“ are probably the most famous unsolved crimes in history.
The five ”soiled doves“ were stabbed to death in Whitechapel between August 31st and November 9th, 1888, always late at night. Then, for unknown reasons, the killings stopped.
- Mary Ann (Polly) Nichols – August 31st, 1888
- Annie Chapman – September 8th, 1888
- Elizabeth Stride – September 30th, 1888
- Catharine Eddowes – September 30th, 1888 (about half-a-mile apart from Elizabeth Stride)
- Mary Jane Kelly – November 9th, 1888
The women were not merely just murdered, but horribly mutilated, with organs and other private bits removed and some possibility eaten. The Mary Jane Kelly was mutilated nearly beyond recognition. The photographs of the bodies even today are still deeply shocking because of their incredible savagery.”